Since joining the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 1995, Supervisor Greg Cox has been dedicated to improving the public safety, health and quality of life for all the families living in our region. He represents the more than 631,000 residents of the vibrant, multi-cultural neighborhoods of the First District, where he has lived his entire life.
A tireless champion for South County, Greg Cox resides in his hometown of Chula Vista. Both his parents were teachers in local public schools, and he too became an educator after earning his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from SDSU. He is a devoted husband and father of two grown daughters.
Cox began his public service career as a teacher in the Sweetwater Union High School District. He was elected to the Chula Vista City Council and then elected to two terms as Mayor of Chula Vista. His expertise was tapped by the Governor when he was appointed Director of Local Government for the Office of Planning and Research. Cox also built successful businesses in the private sector, where the bottom line matters most
Since he became Supervisor, San Diego County government has been consistently recognized as one of the best managed counties in America. Its AAA bond ratings mean that taxpayer dollars are not wasted on interest payments, but instead go directly to public services. That financial strength has allowed the County to replace worn out buildings with new, environmentally sound facilities that are welcoming to the public. The ambitious capital program generated thousands of good paying construction jobs.
Supervisor Cox oversees a regional government with a $6.27 billion budget and more than 17,000 employees. He has guided a dramatic transformation of County government, earning it accolades as one of the best, well-run governments in the nation.
Greg Cox works tirelessly to implement innovative ways to deliver valuable services to children, the elderly, foster and adoptive families and those needing access to affordable health care, workforce training and good jobs.
Over the years, he has helped create an array of major amenities in his district, including three vast regional parks, the Waterfront Park on the San Diego Bay embarcadero, new libraries and community centers in Bonita, Lincoln Acres and Imperial Beach, the Bayshore Bikeway, the Living Coast Discovery Center and the Olympic Training Center. He has had a hand in projects ranging from the development of the Chula Vista Bayfront to the Tuna Harbor Dockside Market.
His career has been defined and guided by the County motto that “The Noblest Motive is the Public Good.” That has earned him an outstanding reputation for leading non-partisan local government and bringing people together to work on the issues and challenges facing our region.
His style of leadership has made him the only elected official in California to have been elected by his peers (Mayors and City Councilmembers across the State) as President of the League of California Cities and by Supervisors statewide as President of the California State Association of Counties, where he still serves on the Board of Directors. In July 2018, he was elected President of the National Association of Counties, representing 3,069 counties across the nation.
Supervisor Cox’s reputation as a proven, trusted leader resulted in key appointments to the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority and the California Coastal Commission. The Coastal Commission appointment by the Speaker of the California Assembly made him uniquely positioned to give San Diegans a voice in the effort to preserve public access to the California coastline and protect natural resources. He works to create parks, trails and bike paths throughout the state, just as he has done in our region. He has won numerous regional and national awards like the “Planning Advocate Award” from the American Planning Association and the Outstanding Public Official Award from National Association of County Parks and Recreation Officials.
Yet, despite his achievements, Supervisor Greg Cox has never viewed local government as a rung on a ladder to another level of office. His passion is local government and he shares his expertise and enthusiasm for what it can accomplish through his role as Past President of the Institute for Local Government. He is now engaged in passing his expertise on to others throughout the United States.